Meet our Instructors
Kim Baxter is Co-Founder of Flux Metal Arts. She has a BFA in Metals from the Cleveland Institute of Art. As former adjunct faculty of Lakeland Community College, she has over twenty years of teaching experience in the Jewelry/ Metal arts. Kim now shares her passion for metalsmithing, teaching a wide variety of classes and workshops at Flux Metal Arts. As a studio artist, she creates one-of-a-kind, and occasional limited edition jewelry. She sells her work at Flux Metal Arts, and participates in exhibitions across the United States.
Dylan Eddy grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He majored in Jewelry+Metals at the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) in Calgary, Alberta, and received his BFA in 2012. There, he studied under such internationally renowned jewelers as Charles Lewton-Brain, and Jeff de Boer. His has furthered his education by studying blacksmithing at the Touchstone Center for Crafts, and by working with master goldsmith Orland Larson. Dylan is a practicing artist working out of his home studio, but has also worked as a technician repairing surgical instruments. He taught Continuing Education jewelry classes at ACAD for 4 years. Dylan's work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States, and Japan, and is available through local galleries. For more information, go to: www.dylaneddyjewellery.com
Terri Hickey is a Cleveland based artist working in Fine Silver Metal Clay & Enamel. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in fashion design & merchandising and worked designing & developing clothing lines and accessories for companies such as Spiegel Catalogs and Edison Bros Stores. In 2007, she was introduced to Metal Clay. Her fascination with glass and love of color soon led her to start exploring enamels. Since then, she has sought out and worked with some of the leading enamel artists working today, such as Merry-Lee Rae, Ricky Frank, and Pam East. Terri is involved with the metal clay community serving as a Board Member and Virtual Guild host for AMCAW, the Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide and a Executive Committee Member for the Metal Clay & Jewelry Arts Guild of NE Ohio. She is a certified metal clay instructor from Rio Grande and also a member of the Enamelist Society. An award-winning artist, Terri participates in fine art shows and sells via galleries. Her work has been featured in the February 2019 issue of Ohio Magazine & on the Cleveland television program Artists at Work. Terri loves to teach various classes nationally.
Emily Joyce received her BFA in Enameling from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MA in Art Education from Case Western Reserve University. She taught art for 12 years before pursuing an art career full time. She loves teaching and learning, and creating one of a kind enameled works of art around the theme of nostalgia!
Visiting artist Kirk Lang is a Seattle based Artist, Goldsmith & Educator. He holds a MFA from the University of Washington in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts & a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Jewelry & Metals. Kirk has taught regionally & nationally at the University of Washington, North Seattle College, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Danaca Design & Penland. In addition to teaching, he has worked for 15+ years in the commercial & fine jewelry fields as a contracted fabricator, stone setter & engraver. His work can be seen in such publications as MJSA Journal, 500 Metal Vessels, 500 Necklaces, 1000 Rings & Metalsmith Magazine. Most recently, he has won multiple Saul Bell Design Awards, was awarded an Artist Trust Fellowship, Artist Trust GAP Grant & a 4Culture Individual Project Grant. In 2014 he had a solo exhibition at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, TN & in 2016 was selected to participate in the Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial titled Metalmorphosis. Recurring themes in his work include time, space & mythology, in the form of wearable & interactive sculptural objects.
Deb Perry has always possessed an interest in & love for visual arts. As a certified in Precious Metal Clay® instructor, Deb enjoys teaching classes & sharing her enjoyment of creating something exciting from a basic piece of material. Her patience is evident while working with students from various artistic backgrounds. Some of her achievements include founding member of the Northeast Ohio PMC guild, where she served as president and vice president & is a current member. She also served as member of national PMC guild. She currently is an Executive Board member for the Valley Art Center, Chagrin Falls, Ohio where she has served as president & vice president.
Eva Sherman began beading as a way to spend time with her daughters but soon became hopelessly addicted. In 2005 she traded in her architectural career for the opportunity to spend all her time among beads, & opened Grand River Bead Studio in Cleveland, Ohio. Eva now happily spends most days in the studio creating, writing & teaching, but has been known to take her show on the road. She has discovered an affinity for working with wire & metals & prefers to design in an organic & unstructured style. Eva has authored two books on jewelry design: "Organic Wire & Metal Jewelry" & "Cool Copper Cuffs".
Susan Skoczen Southard was born & raised in the suburbs of Cleveland, OH. She attended Kent State University where she earned her BFA in Jewelry & Metals, & went on to receive her MFA in Jewelry and Metals at Rhode Island School of Design. She has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Kent State University & Indiana University Kokomo. Susan exhibits her work nationally, sells via galleries, & her work has been featured in Lark Books “1000 Rings” and “500 Pendants and Lockets”.
Michele Stoffan has been creating jewelry for over 20 years. An avid scuba diver, much of the sea glass, shells and other objects she uses is gathered while beach combing during her travels and other adventures. A trustee of the Parma Lapidary Club, she has been teaching basic and advanced wire wrapping for many years. “I love to see students' faces light up when they "get it!" Michele’s jewelry is sold at juried art shows in Ohio, and through local shops.
Meghan Sweeney graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2018 with a BFA in Jewlery & Metals. She has assisted in teaching CIA’s continuing education & pre-college classes, as well as working with students as an evening open studio technical assistant to the Jewlery & Metals Department. Meghan is a practicing artist & experienced bench jeweler working for various jewelers in the Cleveland area. She creates one-of-a-kind custom designs & sells her work in local galleries including Flux Metal Arts.
Emily Wiser is a Hudson, Ohio artist and has been making jewelry for thirty years. She has a Jewelry Technician and a Graduate Jeweler’s certificate from Revere Jewelry Academy in San Francisco, and a Diamonds Certificate from the GIA. She works in all metals, from sterling silver to platinum. She is interested in metal properties and textures, and is attracted to serenity in forms. She is inspired by ancient Celtic and Roman jewelry, wabi-sabi, and Japanese Zen-influenced design. Currently, she creates one-of-a-kind experimental art jewelry and sculpture, and tutors privately in her home studio in Hudson, Ohio. She has exhibited her jewelry internationally and in juried exhibitions across the United States, including American Craft Council shows.
Tess Young is a jeweler, teacher and illustrator based in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2008 where she was introduced to metalsmithing. Over the past 12 years, she’s picked up skills working under various jewelers in Chicago & Berkeley, including Sarah McGuire & Melissa Joy Manning. She has taught classes & workshops at Flux Metal Arts, Richmond Art Center, & privately. Tess teaches a wide array of techniques using all kinds of materials- from metal objects made of brass & copper to fine stone setting in gold & silver. She also sells her jewelry in several galleries across the country.